Business of the House (private members’ Bills)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:49 pm on 13 June 2022.

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Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 8:49, 13 June 2022

I am disappointed by the lack of optimism from my hon. Friend Mr Bone. Thirteen colleagues got private Members’ Bills through both Houses last year, despite covid affecting their progress, so it was a great success. It is constructive to work with the Whips Office, which can assist and advise Members on both sides of the House.

My hon. Friend says the Government might be motivated by trying to stop Opposition Members’ Bills that we do not like, but I suggest there is far more danger that he and my hon. Friend Sir Christopher Chope will block the progress of those Bills.

My hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough says we will not get through all the private Members’ Bills. He might be able to enlighten the House on the date of the next Queen’s Speech, but I am not in possession of that information. I encourage him to be optimistic and to work with the Government, Back-Bench colleagues and the Whips Office. I am sure right hon. and hon. Members on both sides of the House will have huge amounts of success.

Question put and agreed to.